Living/Learning Center Programs

The University of Vermont



Human Rights in Global Perspective

What are Human Rights? Why are they important? How are they changing? Are they Universal? Can they be implemented effectively? Can and should vulnerable people be protected? And if so how? What role is there for government? These are some of the questions this course will address while building on a strong Vermont tradition of independent thinking and action and proactive respect for human rights. 


The purpose of this course is to introduce you to the concepts, methods, and some of the data that constitutes human rights.  The instructional method employed to achieve this goal is, you will find, somewhat different from the usual lecture/examination format used by most of your other instructors in introductory courses.  Recent research indicates that people generally remember 10% of what they read;  20% of what they hear; 30% of what they see; 50% of what they see and hear; 70% of what they say and 90% of what they say as they do a thing.  This student-centered course builds on these findings. Students will be expected to engage with issues and questions emerging from the course. 


Students will be expected to be engaged in local human rights initiatives in the Burlington area through the Peace and Justice Center, working on “Toward Freedom,” Amnesty International, the Vermont Commission on Human Rights, etc. They will also be responsible for designing and implementing activities to commemorate Human Rights Day and the Oxfam Day of Fasting. 


Required Class:         ANTH 095D, #90044, Human Rights. Prof. Rob Gordon. 5:45 – 6:35 MWF